“Send me where people are suffering and let me minister your love”
Rev. Dr. Beth Gioia (pronounced “joy-uh”) has pursued many achievements, finding meaning in the midst of suffering, to “know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings,” (Phil. 3:10), has been a lifelong call in her life. Although she has had rheumatoid arthritis and other health challenges for over 30 years, she continues to choose love instead of fear and is blessed by walking with people through their own health challenges, bringing hope and healing through grace and laughter. Because of her own struggle, she is able to intuitively understand the sufferings and pain of others, and, by God’s grace, to help them find a deeper purpose to love and receive love in the midst of pain.
Dr. Beth Gioia has a PhD in Psychology with an emphasis in Family and in Organizational Psychology (ABD). Dr. Beth was a licensed professional counselor in the state of Illinois. She holds a Masters degree in Christian Counseling from Oral Roberts Seminary. Her Bachelors degree was in Psychology and Sociology and was awarded at Southwest Baptist University. She was ordained in 2009 by the (AAEC) and practices in the state of Arizona as a pastoral counselor. Dr. Gioia is certified by the National Board of Counselors and was a licensed professional Counselor in Illinois. She founded Pure Intelligence, Inc. a life coaching and education company and Gold Canyon Counseling, where she provides pastoral counseling, therapeutic prayer, hypnotherapy and counseling to individuals, couples, and families in beautiful Gold Canyon, Arizona
Dr. Gioia has found great joy in teaching and influencing students’ lives in her role as a professor with over 20 years of lively college teaching experience in many diverse fields, teaching over 50 graduate and undergraduate college courses.Before moving to Arizona, she was a Program Director, Professor of Psychology and Organizational Behavior, Ethics and World Religions for Robert Morris College in Springfield Illinois. Dr. Gioia has taught graduate counseling courses in the Masters of Professional Counseling Program at Ottawa University. She was an assistant Professor of Psychology at Grand Canyon University and was Professor of Psychology and director of the Honors Program at Central Arizona College.
Currently, Dr. Beth is working on a series of children’s books as well as other books focused on hope and healing. Healing meditations, The Smile Revolution, The Pain and the Promise, and It Takes a Village to Wear My Closet). Currently, she serves at Mission Community Church in the mercy ministry, assisting Dr. Tom Randall with caregivers and lay chaplain ministries and training. She began the Smile Revolution and has passed out over 1500 smiles on a stick to people needing joy.
As a child, Dr. Beth lived in Australia and she has visited 21 countries. Dr. Beth’s intuition and creativity is evidenced by her talents and passions for oil painting, poetry, prayer, spirituality, and classical piano. Despite four hand surgeries, she still teaches piano. She has been married for over 35 years to her college sweetheart John Gioia. She served alongside John, as he pastored churches in Illinois, Missouri and Arizona. They have two adult children and three very energetic grandsons who bring them great joy.
Rev. Dr. Gioia is available to lead prayer retreats, classes, and workshops, as well as speak at churches and conferences. She has helped many people come to a place of healing and wholeness through therapeutic prayer and scripture. Through the wisdom of the Spirit, the love of God, and the transparency of her own broken humanity, she helps others find hope and purpose in the midst of suffering.